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We would like to express our thanks to all of our patients who have allowed our medical student Jo Boys to sit in on their consultations. This is always an integral part in a medical students training on the road to becoming a GP and without your help and support this would not be possible.
It is important to stress that everyone has the right to decline a medical student being a part of their consultation so Jo and ourselves are extremely grateful to all that have allowed this.
Thank you for your continued support
Drug Recall Alert!
Patients and Parents
Bell, Sons & Co is recalling 15 batches of the cough syrups to patient-level as a precautionary measure due to a small number of reports of mould.
It is important for people to check if they have any bottles from the batches of the blackcurrant cough syrups listed below. If they do, they should not take them or give them to others. They should return any bottles of the batches above to the shop or pharmacy they bought it from. The mould is not always visible so they should return any bottles of the cough syrups from the batches above even if they can’t see the mould.
Whilst the possibility of a reaction to the mould is low, if parents are concerned their child has had a reaction they should speak to their GP, pharmacist or other healthcare professional.
As with any medicine, we strongly encourage anyone to report any suspected side effects to the MHRA via our Yellow Card Scheme.
National Breast Screening Incident
Information for women aged 70-79
Some women aged between 70 and 79 are being offered the opportunity for a breast screen. This is because some women did not receive an invitation for a final screen, as part of the routine NHS Breast Screening Programme.
The Breast Screening Programme usually invites women to have a screen once every 3 years when aged between 50 and 70 (up to their 71st birthday). This means women will usually receive their final screen sometime between their 68th and 71st birthdays.
Most women can be reassured that they will have received their final invitation but there are some women, now aged 70 to 79, who have missed an invitation due to a problem that dates back to 2009.
All affected women registered with a GP will receive a letter by the end of May with further information.
A helpline is also available: 0800 169 2692.
How do I know if I did not receive my final screening invitation?
All women affected who are registered with a GP will be informed by letter from Public Health England (PHE) by the end of May 2018.
Women affected aged up to their 72nd birthday will receive a letter inviting them for a catch-up screen.
Women aged 72 to 79 will receive a letter providing clear information on what to do next if they want to have a screen.
These women, aged 72 to 79, will be asked to contact the helpline on 0800 169 2692 (set up to support women about this issue) who will liaise with the local Breast Screening Service to arrange an appointment and invitation letter on their behalf.
Women, aged 70 to 79, currently registered with a GP, who do not receive a letter from PHE can be assured they are not affected and do not need a catch-up screen.
However, if you are not currently registered with a GP and believe you did not receive an invitation for a screen sometime between your 68th and 71st birthday, then we advise that you contact the helpline on 0800 169 2692.
New Spring Newsletter
Fleet Medical Centre 2018 Patient Survey - Now Closed
Switching of emollients on repeat prescription
You may find that there is a change to your emollient prescription when you next apply for your repeat medication. This is because the CCG has asked us to review the prescriptions of all our patients to make sure that we are following up to date guidelines.
Many emollients have the same ingredients, but come in different brands. Some brands are much more expensive for the NHS to pay for than others. It makes sense for us to save money for the NHS where we can, by prescribing the cheapest brand of the same cream.
If a change has been made to your prescription, please try your new medication. If you are unhappy with the change, or think we have made a mistake, then please let us know so that we can review your prescription again.
We are very excited to announce that the e-Consult service is now available for patients at Fleet Medical Centre. The service allows for you to consult with a GP at your own convenience, prompt them of your condition and receive a response by the end of the next working day.
For more information on the e-Consult service please take a moemnt to watch the short video below.
Further information on the service will be available at reception in the coming weeks.
Please note: the e-Consult serice is not and emergency service. Appointments with a GP or Nurse cannot be requested via email. For an On-the-Day appointment please contact the Reception team on 01252 619000 from 8am Monday to Friday.
Cervical Screening Awareness
This year, NHS England South are supporting Jo's Cerivcal Cancer Trust, to help raise awareness of cervical screening.
Being screen regularly is important as this means any abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix can be identified at an early stage and, if necessary, treated to stop cervical cancer developing.
For more information on cervical screening, visit NHS Choices.
Ear Syringing - Important Information
From the 3rd of January 2017 Ear Syringing services will no longer be available at Fleet Medical Centre. Please Click Here for more information on private ear irrigation services or Click Here for our guidance leaflet on how to apply ear drops.
Practice Newsletter - Summer 2017
Summer Newsletter 2017
News Letter Archive
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New Online Services
With our recent change of clinical system supplier we are very pleased to be able to offer a brand new service for booking routine GP appointments, ordering repeat medication and seeing a summary of your medical history (medication and allergies) online. Please Click Here to find out more and sign up for the new service.
Latest CQC Inspection Report & Statement of Purpose
2015 CQC inspection report and CQC ‘Statement of Purpose'
CQC 2014-15 Final Report, Fleet Medical Centre